Battle of the Chilies a spicy affair

Firefighters (left) Erich Daffner and John Law (right) dig into a cup of chili as fellow judges offer their thoughts on what they had just ate. – Lucie Roy Photo

By Lucie Roy

Morinville – Five judges weighed the merits of eight chillies Friday afternoon during the Second Annual Morinville Farmers’ Market Battle of the Chilies

The chili included a very hot with a death sauce, a medium with a Louisiana sauce, and a gluten-free, no dairy vegan chilli with no meat, the latter made with black, kidney and garbanzo beans, carrots, onion, tomatoes and celery.

The winners in the Hot chili category were the Green Bean in first place and Holly Reinhardt coming in a close second. Medium First Place went to Stacey Sampson who said she mixed recipes together. Second place in the category was Janice Gosman who said she used lots of jalapenos and Louisiana hot sauce. First place in the Mild category went to Kenneth Sampson; second place went to Julie Booth. Smith Music took third place with a pinch hitter Green Bean-made vegan chili. Each of the winners received prizes from local businesses.

The judges – Councillors Paul Krauskopf and Nicole Boutestein, Kindergarten student Zach Holmes, and firefighters Erich Daffner and John Law -unanimously selected 17-year-old Kenneth Sampson as overall Morinville Master Chili Chef.

The event, run by the Friends of the Morinville Public Library, was given a carnival atmosphere by the Morinville Festival Society who provided a bouncy castle for children and colour commentary by Fret 17 Productions’ Paul Smith and Stephen Dafoe.

Above: Councillor Lisa Holmes watches as her son Zachary anxiously takes a drink of water after sampling some hot chili served at the Battle of Chilies Cook-off Competition held Friday at the Morinville Farmers’ Market. – Lucie Roy Photo

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